Courtney Childs, USW Student Ambassador and BSc Professional Policing student, gives her top tips for making the most of your time at a USW Open Day.
1. Ask the student ambassadors questions
When attending an Open Day, there will be many questions you’ll want answering. Some of these will be directed to staff, while others may be better suited to student ambassadors, like me. We can answer anything from: What is the course really like? Where are the best places to go on a night out? What can I do in my spare time? So, make the most of the opportunity you have to engage with real students.
2. Take a tour of campus and the accommodation
Even though your studies are the main factor to consider when choosing a university, there are other things to think about. These include location, accommodation, the library, sports facilities, catering outlets and the students’ union. That’s why it’s useful to take a campus and accommodation tour when attending the open day. The tours are ambassador led. So, they will bring the facilities to life, through their own student stories.
3. Attend a student life talk
If you want the scoop about what really happens at university, attending this talk is a must! In this session, you’ll hear real-stories about student life, and you’ll have the chance to pick up tips such as how to budget, the best places surrounding the university to visit, and how to make friends. The session will help you to transition smoothly into life as a USW student.
4. View our teaching facilities
You can enhance your learning by making the most of the facilities available at USW. Many courses at the University offer state-of-the-art equipment, which you can visit at the open day. For example, aerospace has aeroplanes on campus, police has a hydra minerva suite, fashion has design studios, and law has a moot courtroom.
5. Introduce yourself to the teaching staff
The teaching staff are keen to get to know students, even before they officially enrol. By introducing yourself, you’ll stand out from other people applying to the same course. When the teaching team read through your personal statement, on your UCAS application, they’ll already be familiar with who you are, which will help to form a good working-relationship with them early-on.